Sisters Health Foundation seeking Applications for the Responsive Grants Program

Sisters Health Foundation
Last date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The Sisters Health Foundation is seeking applications for the Responsive Grants Program in which applicants can apply for project, capacity building, equipment or technology, small capital projects, or general operating support in support of the organization’s mission.

Priority Areas

Healthy Eating, Active Living

  • They support projects and strategies that prevent or manage chronic health conditions by promoting healthy eating and active living through one or more of the following:
  • Education about the health benefits of a healthy weight, good nutrition, and physical activity.
  • Efforts that encourage and support behavior change.
  • Environmental changes that make healthy choices the easy choices.
  • Increased access and distribution of healthy foods.
  • Promotion and provision of opportunities for increased physical activity.
  • Coalition and cross-sector collaboration that promotes healthy eating and active living through policy or programmatic change.

Thriving Neighborhoods

They support projects and strategies that address improving neighborhood conditions where people live, learn, work, and play so that everyone has the ability to achieve their full health potential by:

  • Improving the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health and health care.
  • Improving access to reliable transportation options so people can reach needed health and social services.
  • Improving access to stable and safe housing to foster a healthy living environment.
  • Supporting efforts to increase connections to community resources and to one another to foster an environment of social connectedness and belonging.
  • Improving access to high-quality early childhood programs including in-home programs designed to improve maternal and child health, parenting skills, and child development as well as programs supporting the health and well-being of the preK-12 student population.
  • Supporting coalition and cross-sector collaboration that improves neighborhood conditions and advances policy or programmatic change.

Mental Health and Addiction

They support projects and strategies that address mental health and/or addiction. Related to mental health, they are interested in the area of health promotion and prevention. Related to addiction, they are interested in the areas of prevention, early intervention, and recovery support. They are especially interested in evidence-based programs focused on:

  • Prevention activities such as education and stigma reduction of mental health and substance use disorders; trauma-informed care practices and supportive environments in schools, churches, workplaces, and other community settings; and provision of mental health services in schools and school-based health clinics.
  • Early intervention activities such as identifying and reducing individual risk factors for substance use, improving connections to needed services across various systems, and harm reduction efforts to reduce the number of deaths and the spread of disease.
  • Building the behavioral health workforce, including peer support specialists/peer recovery supporters, supporting high school and college pipeline programming, and encouraging careers in behavioral health.
  • Supporting people in recovery with positive supports such as housing, connections to employment, and transportation.
  • Coalition and cross-sector collaboration that advances policy or programmatic change.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An applicant must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.
  • The project will positively impact residents in one or more counties of service area:

West Virginia: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood

Ohio: Athens, Meigs, Washington

However, the Foundation is unable to make grants to:

  • Endowment funds
  • Individuals
  • Organizations seeking retroactive funding for projects that have been complete or will be complete prior to the grant decision date
  • Organizations that engage in proselytizing as part of their mission or programs

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated using the following six criteria:

Mission Fit – The proposal presents a well-documented statement of a genuine and pressing need that fits into the priorities of the Sisters Health Foundation.

Project Quality – The project makes sense, showing an understanding of the issues with goals and objectives that are realistic and understandable.

Project Implementation – The implementation plan makes sense, detailing the steps, resources, and time required to execute the project.

Budget – The budget is reasonable, matching the program and activities described.

Organizational Capacity – The organization or collaborative partners are capable of implementing and sustaining the program with adequate funding/staff/organizational commitment and community support.

Measurable Outcomes – The proposal discusses outcomes and how they would be measured and the project sustained beyond the grant period.


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